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Caster Semenya dedicates CG gold to the late Winnie Mandela

Double Commonwealth Games gold medal champion Caster Semenya has dedicated her success at the Gold Coast 2018 to the late Apartheid struggle icon Winnie Mandela.

16/04/2018 - 15:00 -

Caster Semenya

Double Commonwealth Games gold medal champion Caster Semenya has dedicated her success at the Gold Coast 2018 to the late Apartheid struggle icon Winnie Mandela.


Semenya powered to the 800m gold on the penultimate day of track action at CG 2018 this past weekend, adding it to her victory in the 1500m earlier in the week.


The 27-year-old set a Games record of 1:58.68 and revealed after the race how Mandela, who passed away two weeks ago after a long illness, helped her through adversity.


"She [Mandela] was a friend and always told me to be myself, to love myself - don't listen to the noise, don't entertain nonsense," said Semenya. "To just go out and show the world what I can do."


Semenya also shrugged off questions as to whether she should be allowed to compete due to her hyperandrogenism, which is alleged to give her an unfair advantage.


"I understand how to handle emotions, how to handle negativity and turn it into positivity," said the world champion.


"I've had to learn how to manage it myself, how to face the world. It's not about what other people think of me, it's about how I think of myself."


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